Regional synagogues top list of 'at risk' heritage buildings

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 7, 2013
Higher Crumpsall’s art deco “Vision of Jerusalem” window

Higher Crumpsall’s art deco “Vision of Jerusalem” window

Three regional synagogue buildings are highlighted in a new top 10 of “at risk” communal properties on Jewish Heritage UK’s preservation register.

Prominence is given to the Blackpool’s Leamington Road shul, Sunderland Synagogue and Manchester’s Higher Crumpsall Synagogue as they are not among the seven listed in English Heritage’s at risk register. The Blackpool and Sunderland properties no longer function as synagogues.

Jewish Heritage — which seeks to preserve historically important Jewish sites — has released the list to coincide with its “restoration Shabbat”.

Also included are cemeteries in Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester and Glasgow in urgent need of repair.

Jewish Heritage director Dr Sharman Kadish said cemeteries “are vulnerable because less of them have been looked at by English Heritage. The worst cases tend to be in the north of England where there is less money and smaller communities.”

Last updated: 12:38pm, February 7 2013